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Nick Souter
PhD Student



I completed my BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath in 2017, and my MSc in Applied Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol in 2018. From 2015 to 2016 I worked as the Research Coordinator for the Lab for Infant + Toddler Language at Emerson College in Boston. Throughout 2019 I worked as a Rehabilitation Assistant at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Bristol.

My previous research has focused on visual attention using stationary and mobile eye-tracking technology, and the use of language in typically developing toddlers, and those with autism spectrum disorder.


  • BSc in Psychology, University of Bath, 2013 - 2017
  • MSc in Applied Neuropsychology, University of Bristol, 2017 - 2018

Departmental roles

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • First year PhD course rep



The impact of motivation on semantic retrieval in semantic aphasia patients: a neuropsychological and neuroimaging study.


I am investigating the effect of motivation and reward incentives on semantic retrieval in patients with semantic aphasia, a disorder common in stroke survivors which can result in communication impairments. Previous research has demonstrated beneficial effects of motivation on domain-general cognitive control. This involves studying the effect of both extrinsic and intrinsic rewards on patients’ ability to identify concepts, make associations between them, and sort them into categories. Methods include behavioural testing, as well as fMRI to image the effects of motivation on activation in the semantic control network, a network of regions associated with semantic retrieval and commonly damaged in this patient group.

Research group(s)

  • Semantics and Mind-Wandering


  • Psychology Departmental Studentship


  • Professor Beth Jefferies (PhD Supervisor)



  • Tutorials: first year undergrad unit 'Perception & Cognition I'


Selected publications

  • Souter, N. E., Arunachalam, S., & Luyster, R. J. (2019). The robustness of eye–mouth index as an eye-tracking metric of social attention in toddlers. International Journal of Behavioral Development. Advanced online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0165025419885186.

Contact details

Nick Souter
PhD student
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room: PS/E/011

Tel: 01904 323296